Drunk driver who killed a four-year-boy in a head-on collision jailed for seven and a half years

A drunk driver who killed a four-year-boy in a head-on collision in Co. Laois has been jailed for seven and a half years. justice Finbarr O’Rourke of Laurel Drive in Portlaoise had drank between eight and ten pints of cider on the day of crash. 1,810 words contained in the Victim Impact Statement of Gillian and Ronan Treacy outlines in great detail the horror that visited their family on April 17th last year, and was described by Judge Kennan Johnson as something that should be compulsory reading for anyone considering drink driving. On that day, Finbarr O’Rourke got into his car after drinking up to ten pints of cider. Gillian was on her way home after taking her two boys, Ciarán and Seán, to see their grandparents. Their paths tragically met at Ballymorris in Portlaoise, when O Rourke’s car crossed the road at speed and smashed head-on into Gillian’s car, killing four-year-old Ciaran and leaving his mother with catastrophic injuries that may yet cost her a part of her leg. Today, Judge Johnson said the needless death of Ciaran should be a wake-up call for the nation. He called for more intensive campaigning around drink driving and longer sentences for those convicted of dangerous driving causing death. 40-year-old O’Rourke was then jailed for seven and a half years.